The Great Commission: Church Planting
Matthew 28:16-20; Revelation 7:9-17
INTRODUCTION: It was on the original high and Holy Mount Zion of Heaven that a problem was recognized. Man, created in God's image, to reflect His glory had fallen for a lie. He had believed the word of that Ancient Serpent Satan and his innocence was lost, he had been seduced, he stood in allegiance with Satan and his myriad of demons in rebellion against their Creator.
Within the heart of God there was a near insurmountable conflict. God being Holy could not allow man back into His presence AND God being Love could not leave man without hope.
So He determined to save, rescue, redeem a number of from the ranks of Satan. Yet an objection was raised, by the old accuser - you can't do that! You can't allow these sinful creatures into your fold again! They are spoiled. They smell of iniquity. Your image in them is marred.
How could it be? How could got be both Just and the Justifier of sinners?
The ONLY answer was a Missionary.
Jesus Christ himself had to go on mission. Jesus had to leave the culture of Heaven to go to earth.
He had to identify with the experience of humanity.
He had to take on flesh.
He had to walk the soil that that He himself cursed
He had to wear the thorns that he caused to grow upon his brow.
He had to conquer their temptations
He had to fight their battles.
Ultimately he had to bear their sins and pay their debt, and defeat their final enemy death.
With his work complete he stands on a mountain outside the city and says, ''As the Father has sent me, so send I you''.
You are to leave your comfort and adopt the culture of another in order to save them.
Matthew elaborates on that sending…28:18-20 (NAS) 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ''All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 ''Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
NOTE: that Jesus did not stop there - a random ...
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